And that's a wrap! The 2021 US Poker Open had a couple of deja vu moments with David Peters winning not one... not two... but three events this year at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. He also got to bask in the warm glow of the winner's circle once again... something he did two years ago when he won the 2019 US Poker Open Championship. Heck, if they actually hosted one last year during the pandemic, Peters probably would've won that one too. When you're destined for greatness, things fall completely into place for the mighty mortals who were touched by the poker gods.
David Peters had a slow start to the 2021 USPO. He didn't get cooking until the second half of the series. He won Event #7 when he took down the largest field in USPO history. Peters outgunned 99 entrants to have a sick score worth nearly $218K.
Peters seized the top spot on the leaderboard when he emerged as the last player standing to win Event #11 $25,000 NL after slugging it out with 69 high rollers. It also marked back-to-back victories for the sizzling hot Peters, who won $465,750 for his third win at the 2021 USPO. With just one event to go, Peters was able to hold off Imsirovic, Dan Shak, LuckyChewy and Sam Soverel.
Event #12 was the final event on the docket. The Main Event anchored the 2021 USPO with a 42-entrant field. The $50K Main Event final table featured Bill Klein, Sam Soverel, Jason Koon, Sean Winter, Stevie Chidwick, and Jon Little.
Soverel was the only one among the final six that had a shot at catching David Peters for the top spot on the leaderboard. Soverel won Event #2 $10K PLO at the onset of the 2021 USPO and he cashed four times including the Main Event. Alas, he whiffed when he busted in fifth place and Peters secured his second USPO Championship.
Jason Koon busted in third place, which set up a fun heavyweight bout between the UK and USA with Sean Winter and Stephen Chidwick jousting for the Main Event crown. This time, the American came out on top when Winter knocked out Chidwick in second place.
Chidwick earned $504K for a second-place finish. Not too shabby, eh mate? Winters banked $756K for the Main Event victory.
2021 US Poker Open - Final LEADERBOARD Standings
1. David Peters - 646 - 3 wins, 4 cashes ($832,950)
2. Sean Winter - 484 - 1 win, 2 cashes ($785,700)
3. Ali Imsirovic - 483 - 1 win,5 cashes ($482,000)
4. Stephen Chidwick - 427 - 3 cashes ($628,700)
5. Dan Shak - 371 - 4 cashes ($459,750)
6. Jake Daniels - 323 -1 win, 2 cashes ($391,000)
7. Sam Soverel- 316 -1 win, 4 cashes ($382,300)
8. Andrew Lichtenberger - 308 - 3 cashes ($308,000)
9. Joe McKeehen - 302 - 1 win, 2 cashes ($302,200)
10. Steve Zolotow - 289 - 3 cashes ($289,000)